The City of Lights

After almost fifteen years, I made it back to Paris for a quick visit. This time with my wife instead of my college friend. Older and wiser, I planned the itinerary through January and February and planned to pack a lot in a short amount of time. As one of the most visited cities in the world, I knew we were in for some tourist traps, but I hoped to visit some out-of-the-way places too. Overall, Paris didn’t disappoint.

We visited the Musee d’Orsay, the Louvre, Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur, the Pantheon, and more, but one of the highlights, honestly, was the Paris Opera House. I highly recommend the audio tour there. It was fascinating.

Another point many people don’t often share is not just how overwhelming the Louvre is, but how impressive the interior of the building is. The building itself is a work of art, not just from the outside but throughout its many levels. I was expecting to be impressed by some of the ancient and priceless art within the building, not by the building itself. Wow.

Paris is a spectacular city full of history, with art and beauty at every turn. To not enjoy Paris is to not appreciate or enjoy humanity.

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